TOWNSEND -- Three years ago, Selectmen Sue Lisio won a three-way write-in contest for a seat on that board by 45 votes, Monday she was on the ballot with two other challengers and defended her seat by a 276 vote margin.
A three-way race for an open, three-year term on the Board of Selectmen ended with incumbent Lisio being re-elected. Candidate and Board of Health Chairman James LeCuyer received 172 votes and former Harvard Postmaster Gerald Copeland received 91 votes. A total of 724 residents went to the polls, 12 percent of the total 6020 registered voters in town.
Local business owner Janice Fiorentino said she gets to the polls every chance she can.
"People really should vote, it's important to be involved in town," she said. "This is an important election, the school ballot question effects people."
That question passed by 13 votes, 336 voted "yes" to 323 who voted "no," approving a debt exclusion option for the North Middlesex Regional High School feasibility study. Townsend's share of the $900,000 study is about $357,200, according to Town Administrator Andy Sheehan.
The money will be raised through tax revenue outside the provisions of proposition 2 1/2 and provides the town administration options on how to appropriate the funds for the feasibility study bond if approved at Town Meeting in May.
Only 65 voters left the question blank, for many, it was the reason they were at the polls.
"The school is most important thing on the ballot, the accreditation isn't just a big thing for the school, it's big for the town too," said Donna Fuchs.
Though voters, like Fuchs, felt the future of the school has a large bearing on things like property values, others felt differently.
"Teachers make the school, not the building," said Robin Silva.
Simone Coble said the ballot question was important, and she was interested to see how it comes out.
"I come out and vote to support my town, it's my right," she said.
Townsend resident Ronald Dionne was elected to the Board of Water Commissioners, he ran unopposed and received 483 votes.
Also running unopposed was Associate Planning Board member Julie Johnson, who was elected to an open five-year seat on that board. She received 513 votes.
Incumbents that were running unopposed and were reelected were Amanda E. Dwight Entertainment Fund commissioner Susan Gerken, Board of Assessors member Laura Shifrin, Board of Health member Christopher Genoter, Cemetery and Parks commissioner John Barrett, Library Trustees Kimberly King and Suzanne Doust, NM School Committee member Robert Templeton, two year Recreation Commissioner Sharon Whittier and three year Recreation Commissioner Richard Corsini and Town Moderator Gene Rauhala.
Resident Arthur Dinon used his votes as statements of support, even with unopposed candidates.
"I only vote for the candidates I think do a good job," he said.
Several positions on the ballot had no candidates, but were or could be filled by write-ins. Dionne received seven votes for a seat on the Housing Authority Ron and has accepted that position.
Robert Tumber was elected to and accepted the position on the trustees of soldiers memorials by earning seven votes, the most out of the 11 write-ins for that position.
Write-in Alice Kennedy got eight votes for the second, three year term on the Recreation Commission and had not yet been contacted by the Town Clerk's office to confirm or deny acceptance before press time.
He was also one of six residents to receive one write-in vote for the Trust Fund Committee. The others were Betty Mae Tenney, Kathleen Spofford, Gerald Copeland, Ray Jackson and David Funaiole. Because of the six-way tie, town officials said they are looking at an election process.
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